Trump Visits Saudi Arabia

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President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage here Saturday, ushering in a new era in U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations by signing a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments that the administration said would bring hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“It was a great day,” Trump said. He cited “tremendous investments in the United States...and jobs, jobs, jobs.”1

Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to create Western jobs is no different from selling weapons to ISIS to create Western jobs. Both Saudi elites and ISIS exploit Islam to murder innocent people and carry out gross human rights violations. In Saudi Arabia, women cannot drive and the male guardianship system means that a woman's life is controlled by a man from birth to death.2

In Saudi Arabia, a woman’s life is controlled by a man from birth until death. Every Saudi woman must have a male guardian, normally a father or husband, but in some cases a brother or even a son, who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf.

As dozens of Saudi women told Human Rights Watch, the male guardianship system is the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the country, effectively rendering adult women legal minors who cannot make key decisions for themselves.3

Homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia:

Saudi Arabia: Under the country’s interpretation of sharia law, a married man engaging in sodomy or any non-Muslim who commits sodomy with a Muslim can be stoned to death. All sex outside of marriage is illegal.4

Saudi Arabia's horrible military campaign against Yemen has left 10,000 dead, 40,000 wounded, and 10 million in need of urgent assistance as of January of this year. This campaign began March of 2015.5

Obama, who sold about $115 billion in U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia during his eight years as president, had slowed military cooperation with the kingdom in large part because of what it considered Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing of civilians in Yemen. The Trump deal puts those agreements back on track and expands them.[1]

"Saudi Arabia sponsors extremist Wahabi mosques and imams all over the world" which exploit Islam to carry out human rights violations.6

"Osama bin Laden was a Saudi citizen, as were 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers."[6] "The 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon."7

The travel ban Trump wanted to put in place beginning January of this year would have affected citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

The list does not include Muslim-majority countries where the Trump Organization does business, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. In financial disclosure forms during the presidential campaign, he listed two companies with dealings in Egypt and eight with business in Saudi Arabia. And in the UAE, the Trump Organization is partnering with a local billionaire to develop two golf courses in Dubai.[7]

None of the countries the 9/11 hijackers came from were included in Trump's travel ban list.

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The business of war

Tags:+Arms sales

France is also implicated in arms sales. It is sad business, very literally. :-/

Travel Ban

Tags:+Travel Ban

The real purpose of Trump's travel ban is to ensure that innocent civilians fleeing Western-backed violence have no place to run.

More than 140 people were killed and more than 525 wounded when airstrikes hit a funeral ceremony in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, a senior UN official has said, as Houthi rebels blamed the attack on the Saudi-led coalition.

via https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/08/saudi-led-coalition-airstr...

Kleptocracy

Tags:+Yemen +Jared Kushner +Ivanka Trump

kleptocracy
[klep-tok-ruh-see]
noun, plural kleptocracies.
1. a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.1

On the dais with Trump were the first lady, daughter Ivanka and Tillerson. Ross, Priebus, Bannon, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner also were there.

Lunch with the king followed. Spirits were high, with Kushner greeting national security adviser H.R. McMaster with a high-five as they then entered the room for a closed-door meeting.2

At least 10,000 people have been killed in the war in Yemen between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government, the UN says.3

Saudi Arabia to behead disabled man

Tags:+Human Rights

Saudi Arabia to behead disabled man 'for taking part in protests' after 'forced confession'

via http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/saudi-arabia-to-behead-disabled-man-...

Ethics

Tags:+ethics

If the Portland stabber asked to buy a knife from you, would you sell it to him?

Kathy Griffin

Trump aids regimes that actually behead innocent people. Griffin's photo stunt does raise awareness about the brutality of the policies of Trump, Saudi Arabia, and a plethora of world leaders.

Yemen is suffering at the hands of Saudi Arabia

Yemen is suffering at the hands of Saudi Arabia - and the UK is profiting

This week's judgment by the High Court declaring that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are not illegal is deeply disappointing.

The landmark legal case, brought by Campaign Against Arms Trade, tried to establish that the UK government is breaking its own arms export licensing criteria by selling weapons to Riyadh, given the repeated international humanitarian law (IHL) violations the Saud-led coalition has committed during its military campaign in Yemen.

Had the High Court ruled in favour of Campaign Against Arms Trade, it was hoped that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia would have been suspended – at least temporarily – and thereby help to pressure Riyadh to end its unlawful attacks in Yemen, where the two-year-old conflict has left more than 4,900 civilians dead, another 8,500 wounded, and brought millions in the country to the brink of starvation.

Campaigners seek to appeal 'very disappointing' verdict on arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Campaigners have said they will appeal a High Court decision which allows the UK Government to continue exporting arms to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen. The verdict came despite global concern over the use of these weapons against civilians.

The legal action was brought by law firm Leigh Day on behalf of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) against the Secretary of State for International Trade over its decision to continue to grant licences for the export of arms from the UK to Saudi Arabia.

Lawyers for CAAT argued this decision was against UK arms export policy, which clearly states that the government must deny such licences if there is a 'clear risk' that the arms 'might' be used in 'a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL)'.

Today's judgement follows a three-day hearing in February at which law firm Leigh Day, on behalf of CAAT, argued that a range of international organisations including the European Parliament and many humanitarian NGOs, have condemned the ongoing Saudi air strikes against Yemen as unlawful. In January 2016, a United Nations Panel of Experts accused Saudi Arabian forces of 'widespread and systematic' targeting of civilians.